Sunday, 8 April 2012

Balloons, rides and finds.

We've been up to allsorts here lately; It was really hot two weeks ago, Joel and I made it out on the trike. Here he is with a balloon we picked up/stole from a friends house whilst visiting her new baby. Thank god it's popped now as he wouldn't go out without it! He shouted ''Lllllloon llllooooon!'' as we rode along.

Later that week the maids and I went on a girly road trip (plus Joel) to Somerset to visit Alexandra King at her studio. Alexandra is making all our big day dresses (I only wish it was my entire wardrobe!) I didn't take any pictures as it was a bit of a whistlestop fitting after a six hour car journey but the studio was jam packed with exciting sketches, fabric samples and frocks to die for. We all looked super swish and I know I made the right choice in designer/maker for such special dresses, more to follow. Roll on the 19th! I'm about to burst with all the wedding blog drafts I've got stashed!!
We spent a day in Bath, it was lovely and we all said we'd like to go back. Bobbi Brown did the hard sell on us and we all walked away swinging bags of special makeup, as did a bakery window display, check out their wares!

Pistachio meringues the size of your head!
A darling iced house!
and Joel got himself another 'free' balloon thanks to Baths on street promotion of their Fashion Festival and Auntie Kebs sewing scissors!

Today is a rather grey Easter Day and as Mr B needed to do a few hours work I thought Joel and I could hit the bank holiday car boots. It was a little cold so thin on the turn out, but ofcourse I didn't come away empty handed. I got three different cups and saucers, a plate (all for the wedding reception) one of which was this kitsch little beauty.

I love souvenirs, especially vintage ones. It's an unnofficial collection/obsession of mine. So fate drew me to a small plastic cube on a very grubby stall, on closer inspection I realised it was a miniature TV shaped viewer.

 I thought 'dare I put it up to my eye before cleaning it?' I dared, it payed off and this was the view inside...

...even better, the rather ancient stall holder said I could just have it for free. It made my day. Well that and the chocolate eggs.

Monday, 2 April 2012

You are Cordially Invited....

We have been lucky enough to have our invites and RSVP cards designed and hand illustrated by a very good friend and fellow blogger Jill Wignall. I've been sitting on showing them off (like every aspect of our wedding!) until they were printed and posted but now I want to rave about how beautiful they are.
Back in the day of the Winter Entertainments Club and the Lovely London Ladies Social Evening there was always some kind of postal wonderful landing on our doorstep so I couldn't think of anyone better to illustrate invites for our special day than Jill. A fellow mummy friend of mine told me that ''the invite sets the tone for an event'', it's so true, ours was to capture the essence of our big day, before it even exists. No mean feat! Our day, like us was to be; Fun, Relaxed, Old England, Tea Party, Knees Up, Village Hall, Bit of a Do with Chips an Cakes.
Recipients first view of envelope contents, exciting eh!
Front cover of gatefold invite, featuring the vintage double decker bus which will take our guests to the reception
Inside of invite, depicts the village hall all decked out and guests partying
Back illustration; note to self 'must stop biting nails'
An advantage of using save the date cards bought us time to get all aspects of the day in place before the invites were drawn

We are so pleased with the invite and RSVP card, it's received so many positive 'ooh' 'aah' comments and has certainly set the perfect tone for our perfect day. Thanks a million Jill x


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